Chicken Normandy Recipe

The Normandy region of France is known for both apples and brandy, according to Jessica Morone, the recipe developer who brought us this recipe for poulet à la Normande, or chicken Normandy, as it's known in the English language. A simple yet extraordinarily flavorful braise, chicken Normandy juxtaposes juicy, on-the-bone dark meat chicken with lightly caramelized apple slices, apple cider, and apple brandy. "There are apples, apple cider, and apple brandy in this recipe, so the region is well represented with the ingredients in this recipe," Morone explains.

Surprisingly, given the complexity and depth of the flavors in this dish, Morone's recipe for chicken Normandy comes together with only 15 minutes of hands-on prep and the use of a single skillet to sauté various ingredients. It's an intense 15 minutes of prep, to be sure, but by the time you're done with it, all the groundwork will have been laid for the magic that happens when you set your timer and just let the dish simmer. Let's turn to it, shall we?

Gather your ingredients for chicken Normandy

To make Morone's chicken Normandy recipe, you will need four whole chicken leg quarters, two whole apples (which you'll need to peel and slice thin), 4 tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, one large onion (sliced), two cloves of garlic (minced), 1 teaspoon of dry thyme, ½ cup of apple brandy, 2 cups of apple cider, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. "If you don't have, or can't find, apple brandy you can use any kind of brandy," Morone notes. "There [are] enough other apple flavors in this recipe to make up for it, but I do still recommend using the apple brandy if you can." She also notes that, if you can't find chicken leg quarters, you can use thighs or drumsticks instead.

Start by slicing and sautéing the apples

Set your oven to preheat to 375 F. You'll need that for later, but for now, let's focus on prepping the apples and getting them sautéed. Start by washing, patting dry, coring, and peeling the apples. Then cut them into increasingly thin wedges until you're left with thin slices as shown. Then, in a large, oven-safe skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter. As it starts to melt, add the apple slices, and sauté them until they start to brown, which should take around five minutes. Then transfer the apple slices from the pan onto a separate plate, and set aside. As for the skillet, set it back on the stove — no need to clean it at this juncture — and move onto the next step.

Sear the chicken and start the Normandy sauce

In a shallow plate, mix together the flour, salt, and pepper, and dredge the chicken quarters in this mixture. Grab the same skillet you used for the apple slices, and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the chicken legs and sear them on medium-high heat for three to five minutes on each side, until the skin is golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. 

In the same skillet, add the sliced onions. Cook them on medium heat until they start to brown — about five minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook for another minute. Add the brandy to the pan, and cook until it has been reduced by half. Then add the apple cider, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for three minutes. 

In this step, everything comes together

Add the chicken back into the skillet, right on top of the onions. Then, carefully transfer the skillet into the preheated oven. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven carefully using oven mitts. Now all that's left to do is to place the skillet back on top of a burner, remove the chicken quarters, and set them aside for now.

Add the apples back into the skillet and cook on high heat for five minutes, until the remaining liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the heavy cream and Dijon mustard and reduce the heat. Simmer for about five minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add the chicken back to the skillet until it is warmed, about two minutes.

To serve, spoon apples, and onions onto a plate with some sauce. Top with a chicken leg, and enjoy!

Chicken Normandy Recipe
5 from 25 ratings
This chicken Normandy recipe has juicy chicken, sweet apples, and tons of delicious, savory flavors.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
1.25
hours
Servings
4
Servings
chicken normandy in pan
Total time: 1.5 hours
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 whole apples
  • 4 whole chicken leg quarters
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • ½ cup apple brandy
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the apples, and cook until they start to brown (about 5 minutes), then remove from the pan. Set aside the apples and the pan.
  4. On a shallow plate, mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. Dredge the chicken legs in the flour mixture.
  5. Put the skillet back on the stove, and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the chicken legs and sear them on medium-high for 3 to 5 minutes per side, until the skin is golden brown, then remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  6. In the same skillet add the sliced onions, and cook on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes, until they start to brown. Add the garlic and thyme, and cook for another minute.
  7. Add the apple brandy to the pan and cook until it has been reduced by half. Add the apple cider, and bring the liquid to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.
  8. Add the chicken back into the skillet on top of the onions, and place the skillet into the preheated oven. Bake the chicken for 30 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven, carefully, using oven mitts.
  9. Place the skillet back on the stove and remove the chicken legs, and set aside.
  10. Add the apples back into the skillet and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, until the remaining liquid is reduced by half.
  11. Stir in the heavy cream and Dijon mustard, reduce the heat, and simmer until the sauce thickens — around 5 minutes. Then, add the chicken back into the skillet, allowing it to warm through (around 2 minutes).
  12. To serve, spoon the apples and onions onto a plate with some sauce, then top with a chicken leg.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 1,158
Total Fat 78.0 g
Saturated Fat 29.3 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 391.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 38.4 g
Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
Total Sugars 23.9 g
Sodium 643.6 mg
Protein 58.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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